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Issue: 2513

Dated: 19 Jul 2016


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Our fury matters - black activists speak out

Thousands of people protested across Britain in recent weeks to insist that “Black Lives Matter”. Called in response to a series of police killings in the US, the protests have struck a chord with many young people angry at racism in Britain too. Black activists in London told Socialist Worker about why they are marching—and how to win


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News

New Black Lives Matter protests take on police racism and violence

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in Britain widened and deepened over the last week. Demonstrations and vigils for victims of police violence took place across the country.

Report finds that Church of England could have prevented abuse at Kendall House

Hundreds of girls were drugged and abused at a private children’s home in Kent throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Theresa May’s new Tory cabinet is made of bankers, bullies and crooks

Socialist Worker’s guide to the new set of right wing ministers who replaced the old ones last week

Labour MPs' votes for Trident let the Tories off the hook

Labour MPs lined up with the Tories to attack their own leader in parliament on Monday. It showed the lengths to which they will go to oust left wing leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Dirty tricks from the Labour right leave members 'disgusted'

Members of the Labour Party have spoken out against attempts to shut down party democracy in the run-up to a new leadership election.

Reports round-up

Brighton protest against NHS privatisation | Protest and strike call at St Barts hospital | Unite backs Stand Up to Racism | HMY Radford shop fitters build pay strike | South West Water workers pull plug on overtime | Two-day Capita pay strike hits services | Disabled people take on Capita | Migrant cleaners hold march | Protest for Prossie against deportation

Rally at London Met to support sacked workers

Around 60 people rallied at London Metropolitan University on Wednesday of last week in defence of Mark Campbell and David Hardman.

School walkout over pay in Liverpool

Also: Academy action in Wallasey, East London school bosses back down, Kevin Courtney wins NUT union election

Anti-fascist jailed for a year

An anti-fascist protester has been jailed after a demonstration in Dover in January. Michelle Smith, a Unite union official, admitted violent disorder and was jailed for 12 months.

Oil rig action can beat bosses

Hundreds of North Sea oil rig workers are set to strike on 26 July over pay cuts.

10,000 say no to racism and homophobia at Pride in Newcastle

Around 10,000 people marched through Newcastle as part of the annual Pride demonstration last Saturday.

Post Office workers ballot over pensions and campaign against closures

Post Office workers are to ballot for strikes over the closure of their pension scheme. They are already balloting over possible job losses caused by plans to sell off some 20 post offices.

Bus strikes could spread much wider

The fight inside First Group buses could spread rapidly with new strike ballots in Yorkshire and Glasgow.

Black Lives Matter activists meet to organise and discuss strategy

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in Britain took another significant step forwards last night, Wednesday, as over 100 people met at Shacklewell Lane mosque in east London.

Jeremy Corbyn tells rally 'This is about the kind of world we want to live in'

Jeremy Corbyn made a surprise appearance at a central London rally on Wednesday ahead of his leadership election campaign launch.

Victory for cleaners, but the battle goes on

Workers at 100 Wood Street in the City of London won a significant victory yesterday, Wednesday, as Thames Cleaning backed down and offered them the London Living Wage of £9.40 an hour.

Corbyn in Manchester: 'Politics is changing'

The first mass rally of Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign to be re-elected as Labour Party leader took place in Salford today, Saturday.


International

War and clampdown fail to stop massacre in Nice

The French state responded to the horrific killings in Nice last week with more of the war and repression that had already failed to prevent the attack.

People beat back attempted Turkish military coup but danger lurks ahead

A coup attempt in Turkey which aimed to remove president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was beaten back by mass mobilisation last weekend.


Comment

Marxism and oppression - do we say 'class first, race later?'

The Institute of Race Relations has published its journal Race and Class highlighting the fight against racism in post-war Britain.

May’s new cabinet faces old problems

Commentators were quick to identify the contradiction in Theresa May’s new government. As Robert Peston put it, “her rhetoric is more left wing than Cameron’s was, her cabinet is more right wing than his was.”


Features

Big Bill Haywood - a fighter against the bosses and revolutionary trade unionist

Big Bill Haywood was a giant of the US workers’ movement. John Newsinger has edited a new collection of Haywood’s journalism and writes on the life of the revolutionary

The Independent Labour Party - prioritising parliament gave more power to the right

Charlie Kimber looks at the Independent Labour Party (ILP), one of the founding organisations of the Labour Party


Reviews

Touching tales amid cliche of The People’s History of Pop

Stories of anti-racist reggae and escapism at Wigan Pier survive BBC4’s stale series to show glimpses of music’s transformative power.

From Shakespeare to satire at packed Edinburgh Festival

Theatre critic Mark Brown offers some tips for the forthcoming Edinburgh Festival—which includes Thomas Ostermeier’s production of Richard III


What We Think

Real change comes when the masses act

For our rulers, ordinary people are best seen and not heard. They want us to accept politics as a spectator sport, and to take as little part in it as possible.

Donald Trump - a sign of decay in US politics

The US Republican Party convention, which took place this week, paints a terrifying picture of US politics at its worst.


Other Categories

Davey Hopper 1943-2016

It is with great sadness we learnt of the death of Davey Hopper, general secretary of the Durham Miners Association and NUM union, last Saturday.

LETTERS: Where can I turn now that Bernie Sanders has let us down?

I feel betrayed and let down. I’ve backed Bernie Sanders all the way in his campaign to be the Democratic Party candidate for US president. Now he has backed Hillary Clinton.

Things they say

Quotes from the weeks news

Extra cash for Tory advisors as Pig Face One finally flies

David Cameron lined up his former chief of staff to become Britain’s new ambassador to France.



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